People, Places & Events

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The Ridge Road Community Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at 7 p.m. This will be a covered dish meal with all members bringing food, dessert, and drink. For more information, please contact Phyllis Davis at 803-532-9426 or at

Cube Steak Supper fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, located at 705 Martin Smith Rd., Gilbert. Plates (including drink and dessert) will be $9 for adults and $4 for children (12 and under). Supper will be served from 4-6 p.m., with the monthly singing featuring the Sheltons and the Pine Ridge Boys at 6 p.m. All proceeds support the Singing Center’s general funds. For more information, call Brenda Crosby at 803-719-1289.

Monetta Volunteer Fire Department’s annual BBQ will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The BBQ will be held at our headquarter station at 15 Walden St., Monetta.  There will be a choice of pulled BBQ pork or half BBQ chicken plates, which include rice, hash, green beans, bread and tea.  Plates are $10.  Bulk sales are also available.  All proceeds will go toward a new set of battery-powered Jaws of Life. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Carolina Jazz Society will present a Dixieland Jazz concert on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park, Columbia (just off Pickens near Blossom). Bring a snack and a soda for yourself or bring munchies to share at the hospitality table for  jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin, trumpet; Doug Graham, clarinet; Bruce Clark, trombone; Jim Hall, drums; Aletha Jacobs, piano; Dustin Retzlaff on bass.  Tickets are $10 for adults, free to those ages 18 and younger. For information, visit their website at www. or contact Red Smith at 803-432-1504.

The Batesburg-Leesville Branch Library will celebrate Science Education Enrichment Day (SEED) on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2-4 p.m. This second annual event will feature hands-on activity stations for all ages, including zoology, technology, ecology, astronomy, and more! This event is free and supported by the Friends of the Batesburg-Leesville Branch Library.

Circle Volunteer Fire Department will host a fundraiser with BBQ chicken and ribs and a bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Circle Station. Serving time will be 1-3 p.m. The menu includes BBQ chicken and ribs and a full range of baked goods, all homemade (including bread, cakes, pies and cookies). Plate prices are $8 for either a whole BBQ chicken or a pound of ribs. Bake sales prices vary.


Midland Gospel Singing Center, located at 705 Martin Smith Rd., Gilbert, hosts a monthly gospel singing on the first Saturday of each month. Singing begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but a love offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served. Volunteers are needed to provide finger foods. For information, call Brenda Crosby at 803-719- 1289.

Town of Gilbert Depot Museum, located at 333 Hampton St., Gilbert, is open the first Sunday of each month from 2-5 p.m. Donations are accepted. To schedule appointments, call 892-2344.

Utopia Farmers Market, located at 130 N. Hendrix St., Leesville, is open on Fridays from 1-6 p.m. The market offers fresh vegetables, fruits, and fresh shrimp. For information on becoming a vendors, call Cindy Hall at 803-727-6947.


Disabled American Veterans and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, D & D Whitman Chapter and Unit 51 meet every third Thursday at the American Legion Hut, 200 South Hendrix St., Leesville at 7 p.m. All interested are welcome.

Dream Catchers, the youth committee of the Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce, meets every first and third Thursday of the month. Meetings are held at the Lexington County Recreation Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave., Batesburg, from 5:30-7 p.m. New members are welcome. For information, call Susan Whittle at 803-687-4527 or visit their Facebook page at

Leesville-Batesburg American Legion Post 61 and Ladies Auxiliary meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except June, July and August), at the Legion Hut on 200 South Hendrix St., Leesville. Covered dish dinner is served at 7 p.m.; each family is asked to bring a dish. All Legionnaires and Auxiliary members are invited. Guests are welcome. For information, call Charles Nichols at 532-9401 or John Kneece at 532-2354.

Lexington Genealogical Association meets the second Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. at a downstairs conference room at the Lexington County Main Library, located at U.S. Highway 1, east of Lexington. Guests are welcome.

Twin City High Alumni meets the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center. Everyone is welcome; it is not mandatory to be a graduate of the school. For information, call Rev. Tillman Gives at 917-446-7877 or Sarah Merriweather at 803-532-1940.


Yoga class is held at Pleasant Grove Community Center, located Highway 391 near Traffic Circle, on Monday and Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 803-480-0038.

GLEAMNS / Head Start Batesburg-Leesville Center, located at 118 Pinewood Drive, Batesburg-Leesville, is accepting enrollment applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To be eligible for Head Start, children must be 3 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019. Applicants need the child’s birth certificate or other official proof of age and proof of your family income from the previous 12 months (2018 income tax form 1040, 2018 W-2, recent check stubs, etc). Applications are accepted regardless of race, sex, creed, nationality, immigration status, or disability. For information, please call Isabel Salley at 803-532-4039.

AARP Smart Driver Class will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Batesburg-Leesville Senior Center, 241 Highland Ave., Batesburg. Completion of the course may allow you to receive a discount on your automotive insurance.  The cost for the class including materials is $15 per person for AARP Members or $20 per person for non-AARP Members. For additional information, contact Ms. Theresa Albergottie at 803-403-5882 or


The Lexington County Registration and Elections Office will have their next monthly board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 9 a.m. at the Registration and Elections Office, 605 W. Main Street, Suite C in Lexington.

General Sessions Court will convene on Monday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. in the Saluda County Courthouse with the Honorable Walton J. McLeod, presiding. Petit Jurors are to report on Monday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m.


Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group of Saluda County meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ridge Spring Library. For information, call 803-687-1087.

Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery community, meets each Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Cedar Creek Church’s Ridge Campus, 788 W. Columbia Ave., Batesburg. CR helps people find freedom from painful hurts, habits, and hang-ups. For information, contact DeDe Rodgers at 803-532-2223 or Jim Anderson 803-649-3096, ext. 3305.

Community Christian Fellowship Emergency Food Pantry, located near the Traffic Circle, is open by appointment. Food is provided free of charge to those who qualify; no discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. For information, call 892-4179.

Christian Ministry Center food pantry, located at 1408 Summerland Ave., Batesburg, is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 9-11:30 a.m. for clients, 8 a.m.-noon for donations. Food and clothes are provided free of charge with an application process.

Grandparents Raising Grandkids support group meets Monday nights from 6:30-8 p.m. at Christ Community Church, located at 144 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville (across from Bojangles) in. Group offers encouragement, emotional and spiritual support.  For information, contact Jan Cushman at 803-331-2449 or Christ Community Church at 803-532-9279.

Lexington County Veterans Affairs officer Ed Lundeen meets veterans, surviving spouses dependents and beneficiaries at the Batesburg-Leesville Branch Library the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon.

Narconon offers addiction screenings for narcotics abuse and educational resources for families that suspect heroin and opioids abuse. For information, call 800-431-1754 or visit

Operation Reach Out Thrift Store and Emergency Food Pantry, located at 519 E. Columbia Ave., is open Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The organization delivers meals to homebound residents. The Thrift Store is open to all, no discrimination.

Recovery on the Ridge group of Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday at 7 p.m. at the Ridge Spring Library, Main Street in Ridge Spring.

Restore Hope Ministries Thrift Store, located at 4810 Augusta Hwy. near Gilbert, across from Buddy Taylor’s Produce Stand, is open Thursday through Saturday at 11 a.m. All proceeds benefit to the local school system. Donations and volunteers needed. For information, call 803-397-3798.


The 30th annual family of the descendants of Jacob and Rachel Whitman Shirey will be held Sunday, Oct. 6 at Pleasant Grove Community Center, 3133 Prosperity Hwy., Leesville. Bring a picnic lunch, tea, etc. Paper products and ice will be provided. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring old photographs, Bible records and newspaper clippings of our ancestors. For more information, call Barbara Hudson Nettles at 803-794-0467 (home) or 803-622-7862 (cell).

The Gulledge/McCormick Family Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Ridge Road Community Center.

The descendants of Jimmy and Lula Dean Puckett will hold their annual Puckett Family Reunion on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Eastside Baptist Church activity building. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring a picnic lunch and drinks. For more information, call Wanda at 803-532-8914.

The 61st Annual Lybrand Reunion for the descendants of Samuel W. and Beulah Fikes Lybrand will be held Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at a new location, the back deck of Charlie’s Fisherman’s Wharf, 11 miles west of Lexington, on Highway 378. Bring a picnic lunch and tea. Plates, cups and ice will be furnished. For more information, call 803-917-0955.